EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

September 11, 2007 09:02 ET

EXFO Introduces Advanced ADSL2+ Test Solution

A cost-effective handheld test set designed for rapid installation and maintenance of ADSL1/2/2+ services

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (TSX:EXF)(NASDAQ:EXFO) announced today the introduction of the EXD-350, a new compact handheld test set that consolidates ADSL1/2/2+ services testing and copper qualification in a low-cost dedicated instrument. The EXD-350 Advanced ADSL2+ Test Set addresses the need to cost-effectively install ADSL services, verify loop quality and validate Internet connectivity with an easy-to-use test set.

The EXD-350 is used to install and troubleshoot digital subscriber line (DSL) circuits that are provisioned to carry triple-play services (video, voice and data) over high-speed access networks. This rugged test solution acts as a golden modem for confirming connection rates as well as other key metrics provided by ADSL, ADSL2, and ADSL2+. It also has the ability to quickly verify Internet connectivity and identify impairments within the local loop that may affect the performance of the DSL service.

As large-scale deployments of DSL are becoming a reality among network service providers to address emerging broadband triple-play applications, the need for a rapid-service installation has soared. The EXD-350 has been optimized for quick and easy installation of ADSL services and has been purpose-built for installation technicians who do not require a higher-end, multi-service test solution.

In addition to testing upstream and downstream data rates and other important parameters of a DSL circuit, the EXD-350 can perform ATM-layer testing and PING testing to confirm Internet connectivity. A standard Auto-Test feature allows the user to quickly qualify the integrity of the copper loop. All measurements can be carried out with a single-button press which allows for very rapid testing inside a user-friendly, intuitive solution.

"With the addition of the new EXD-350 Advanced ADSL2+ Test Set to its existing offering, EXFO now offers the most comprehensive and flexible xDSL product portfolio on the market today," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "This new product is further strengthening our ability to offer the right tools for the required testing applications throughout all phases of a DSL service deployment and is positioning EXFO as the supplier of choice in the fast-growing telco access market."

For more information about the EXD-350, please visit www.EXFO.com.

About EXFO

EXFO is a recognized test and measurement expert in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division, which represents the majority of the company's business, offers a full suite of test solutions and monitoring systems to network service providers, cable TV operators, telecom system vendors and component manufacturers in approximately 70 countries. EXFO is the global market leader for portable optical test solutions and a leading supplier of protocol and access test solutions to enable triple-play deployments and converged IP networking. Its PC/Windows-based modular FTB-200, FTB-400 and IQS-500 test platforms host a wide range of modular test solutions across optical, physical, data and network layers, while maximizing technology reuse across several market segments. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division, which leverages several core telecom technologies, offers value-added solutions in the life sciences and high-precision assembly sectors based on advanced spot-curing, fluorescence microscopy and nanopositioning solutions. For more information about EXFO, visit www.EXFO.com.

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